Palo Alto-based eVTOL air taxi company founded in 2020, hiring a lot of talent from Airbus's Vahana program when it shut down, along with senior people from Wisk Aero and Joby Aviation.
Skullduggery and shenanigans are afoot in the emerging eVTOL market, as long-established player Wisk accuses cashed-up newcomer Archer of pilfering its air taxi design, along with some key employees. Lawsuits and criminal investigations are underway.
Meet the Maker. This is our first look at Archer Aviation's 12-rotor eVTOL air taxi, but it won't be the last. United Airlines has put in a provisional billion-dollar order for a fleet of 200 of these beasts, expecting a commercial launch in 2024.
Palo Alto's Archer Aviation may be fairly fresh out of the blocks in its tilt at the emerging eVTOL air taxi market, but it's assembling some heavy hitters in its corner with today's announcement that it's partnering with Fiat Chrysler Automotive.
A Palo Alto startup has popped up out of stealth mode to lay another eVTOL air taxi design on the growing pile. Archer proposes a transitioning, winged, battery-powered aircraft, and its team includes senior talent from Vahana, Wisk and Joby Aviation.